New social neighbourhoods
Lighthous Seestadt. An Cooperative Housing Project for the Seestadt Aspern
"Leuchtturm Seestadt" (Lighthouse Seestadt) is a cooperative self-built project of a housing construction group in the urban area of Seestadt Aspern. The group is committed to high social sustainability of the project, as it is forseen by the statutes of the "Die WoGen" for all of its projects. The concept of social sustainability for the lighthouse is the shared living(gemeinschaftliches Wohnen):
The group aims not only for building a common collective housing building but also for the use of the house as a community. The basis for this is the co-decision in the planning and in construction of the building as well as a largely autonomous self-determination in the use of the building is already foreseen by the orientation of "Die WoGen". The co-decision refers not only to the individual living spaces but also to the communicative and multifunctional common facilities and access areas. The common facilities are located in the most attractive areas of the building, i.e. in the ground floor and in the attic and are used and managed by the group and the inhabitant’s/tenant’s association itselves. The ground floor foresees also space for commericial activities targeting different groups. In addition, there is a general commitment to provide housing for those becoming elderly and the mix of generations. A lively mixture of generations and sizes of households, accompanied by a in-house association, guarantees the co-existence of children, parents and grandparent's generations. The lighthouse promises a living adapted to elderly, a relocation when coming into age or complex adaptation works are barely necessary anymore. Beyond the usual accessibility for people with disabilities some flats shall ensure full barrier-free accessibility and can be equipped from the start with standardized and hence affordable WC/bath facilities. So called Flexrooms between the living spaces in the flats serve as areas for potentials areas either regarding future care and assistance needs or as additional rooms that can be rented as working space. The construction cost are kept low by planning a compact, yet not to small overall structure, a small(er) number of parking spaces (according to the model of collectives homes) as well as by economic floor plan (with flats that are not too big while common facilities are prioritized). In addition, the “Lighthouse Seestadt” building wants to serve as a point of identification of the neighbourhood through its architecture and use. It aims at being a visually outstanding building and as much as becoming an important social hub through activities and cooperation of its association of the inhabitants with existing initiatives and infrastructures. The “Atrium of the Neighbourhood” in the ground floor serves as special focus area.